PBIS Help All Students Flourish

PBIS, or Positive Behavior Intervention Supports, in schools help to establish a positive, preventive, and safe school environment and help students flourish academically with a supportive focus on student outcomes related to social, emotional, and behavioral competence.


Having PBIS in place allows students to change their behaviors in ways that allow them to be included in the general education setting. But, sometimes a student will require individualized education plans (IEPs) with behavior intervention planning. Other general education students can have action plans or contracts, which tie to PBIS school-wide models. Photographed here is Ms. Linnemann, a Special Education teacher at Milwaukee Math and Science Academy.


When students are encouraged to be aware of behavioral skills with engaged learning, respectfulness to one another, appropriate voice tones, and awareness of one's self, students can achieve their best academically. To learn more about PBIS, visit www.pbis.org.  

Grace under Pressure Yields Big Robotics Win

It was an uphill battle for the Metallic Controllers First Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics team, from Horizon Science Academy Cleveland High School, but perseverance paid off. The team competed at FTC Cleveland Regional Tournament at TRI-C Eastern in Cleveland, Ohio on January 3, first encountering some major technical difficulties and losing their first two games.


The team, consisting of Nicholas Vander Linden, Batuhan Arslan, Kamal Abdullah, Tyree Lee Gonzalez, and Gafaru Kafaru, never lost focus and hope, however. Under heavy stress, they identified the problem, fixed the robot, and went on to win 11th place out of 20 teams in the qualifying rounds.


Then they paired up with HSA Youngstown to strategize their way through the semi-finals and performed beautifully against some tough competitors in the final rounds. In the end, a team whose robot wouldn't move an inch in the early rounds advanced all the way to FTC Ohio State Championship being held on February 14th, 2015 and won the Winning Alliance Trophy!

Filling Out FAFSA

Finding financing for college can mean the difference between a college degree and a high school diploma. That is why Concept Schools' college counselors have been training high school students and parents to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (known as the FAFSA) on time and accurately.


Prospective and current U.S. college students (both undergraduate and graduate) must prepare the FAFSA annually to determine their eligibility for student financial aid. Filling it out is no small task, and mistakes can be costly. Each year, Concept high schools hold individual FAFSA completion meetings to make sure the process is completed successfully and in time for the June deadline.

And the Winners of the 2015 CONSEF Design Contest Are...

We are proud to announce the winners of the 2015 Concept Science & Engineering Fair (CONSEF) Design Contest. Thanks to all participants for sharing their creative entries; we truly value the time, effort, and imagination your students put into each design. It was hard to choose this year, but coming out on top were the following students:


1st Place:  Daniel Miranda - HSA Cleveland High School 

2nd Place:  Alexis Ortega - HSA McKinley Park

3rd Place:  Nelly Reyes - HSA McKinley Park


Finalists- in alphabetical order

Prince Cross - HSA Lorain

Leonard Cruz - HSA McKinley Park

Elias Figueroa- HSA Lorain

Bryanna Ibarra - HSA McKinley Park

Taya Johnson - Michigan Math and Science Academy

Shelby Powell - Michigan Math and Science Academy
Chaz Sardin -  QuestCharter Academy 


The first-place winner will be awarded a $250 check during the CONSEF Award Ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio on April 18. The other 9 finalists will be awarded a $25 gift card. All certificates and the gift cards will be mailed to the schools.


We look forward to seeing your students and their STEM projects on April 18, 2015!

HSA Belmont Represents at Noetic Math Contest

An impressive 114 math students from the 2-year-old Horizon Science Academy Belmont in Chicago competed in the Noetic Learning Math Contest, which is a national elementary math problem-solving contest held twice a year. 19,367 young mathletes representing 1,279 teams across the country participated in the contest this past fall. HSA Belmont had six team winners and five students who received National Honorable Mention, an honor that is awarded to approximately the top 50% of participants. Congratulations to the following math stars:


Team Winners: Jasmine Jones, Dylan Figueredo, Dakota Adams, Selena Ward, Kenya Smith and Martavion Easterling.

National Honorable Mention Students: Jasmine Jones, Amya Washington, Iari Figueredo, Dylan Figueredo and Dakari Thomas.

MathCON Photo Contest: Send Us Your Best Shot

MathCON invites students to open their eyes to the math that is all around us-from the NBA, to the technology in your mobile phone, to the Fibonacci sequence in nature, or the Golden Ratio in architecture-math is everywhere!

Qualifying photos will be exhibited at the MathCON Finals in Chicago, on Saturday, April 25, 2015, at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and three lucky winners will win cash prizes! Winners do not need to be present to receive the prizes.


1st Place: $300

2nd Place: $200

3rd Place: $100


All photos must be original digital photos that can be e-mailed. E-mail your photo submissions with your name, grade, school, and hometown to acaputlu@conceptschools.org 


The content of the photos must be appropriate for student mathematicians of all ages and will be posted on www.mathcon.org. Grab a camera and be creative!